Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Reading reminder: Barnes & Noble Summer Reading program ends 9/2

There's just over a month left in the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program for 2014.  Are your kids looking to return to school soon?  A friend across the state told me her kids go back mid-August!  Mine won't return until after Labor Day.  So whether your children have a new school year looming or a few more weeks of summer fun, don't forget to complete your reading journal and turn it in to Barnes and Noble before the program ends (or you forget in the hustle and bustle of a new school year).

Monday, July 21, 2014

$5 Walmart e-gift card by purchasing $15 Quaker products at Walmart (7/1-9/30) *text or email*

If it's time for you to stock up on school snacks and cereal, consider stopping at Walmart and making your purchases of Quaker products there.  Through September 30, purchase $15 worth of Quaker products on one receipt and either take a pic of your entire Walmart receipt or email a copy to to get your $5 Walmart e-gift card.  This offer can be done five (yes 5!) times per consumer.  For more details, you can check out for more info.  To be eligible for this offer, you must only purchase the Quaker products at a Walmart.

If you opt to do it via texting a copy of your Walmart receipt, you will receive a few texts.  Please be aware of this if you are charged per sent/received text. 

The photo on the info page shows many products with the Quaker logo, plus some that aren't obvious like Captain Crunch, Rice-a-Roni, and Aunt Jemima.  Quaker has a list of products on their website.

Walmart Savings Catcher available in select markets: Save money after purchasing

I have to admit, I love the idea of Walmart Savings Catcher, a new program where you can save money on your Walmart purchases after you've already swiped your card or dug out your wallet to pay.

How Walmart Savings Catcher works:  Sign up for Walmart Savings Catcher and enter your receipts.  You can only enter up to seven (7) receipts per week, so plan accordingly if you're a heavy shopper.  You also must enter it within seven (7) days of purchase or it may come back invalid.  What they do is ad match and give you the difference on items on sale at other stores.  So it's like getting a price match without having to ask for one.

Sounds great, right?  I went through the sign up process only to find in the FAQs that...

Bummer.  I don't live in a test area.    Yeah, that would have been nice to know up front before I went through the whole rigamarole of signing up.  The list of test areas was buried in the Walmart Savings Catcher FAQ.  I assumed it would tell me if it was not available in my area, but it did not.  So unless you live in a test area (listed below), you may want to hang back.  I suppose they could expand (Walmart Savings Catcher is in beta, after all), so it may be worth keeping my eye on for the future.

Test area list for Walmart Savings Catcher (as of 7/21/14, the date of this post):  These lucky ducks live in the test area:  Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Dallas, Texas; Huntsville, AL; Lexington, KY; Minneapolis, MN; San Diego, CA.  The FAQ does state that they do have plans to expand to more cities "later this summer".

Editing to add:  A Walmart rep reached out to me via email after this post went live to assure me that the program will roll out nationwide and to stay tuned for more specific dates.  Also, they do plan to eventually include produce and general merchandise.  Upon launch, it compared prices on 80,000 items, so there is good potential for unexpected savings for all when it goes nationwide.  Here's a link to their press release from June, if you're interested:  LINK

Weigh in:  What are your thoughts on this program? 
Please comment below and let me know if you plan to sign up.  

Have a friend in a current test market?  Be sure to share this post with them.

Screengrab from FAQ from Walmart

Slight bummer:  Walmart Savings Catcher is only for eligible items.  Excluded are paper products, tobacco, electronics (basically general merchandise items).  Also excluded are bakery, deli, and weighed items like fruit.  Basically, if you can't eat it, you have no chance of getting money back if it's advertised cheaper elsewhere.  Your online purchases from are also not eligible.  Your brick and mortar receipts are the only ones you can enter for this program.

How you get paid back:  You get back the money you earn from them doing the price comparison shopping after the fact via a Walmart e-gift card.  This you print out to take with you on a shopping trip, or you can use it online. 

Use of this program does not mean you can't ad match.  If you're savvy and want to ensure your savings upfront, go for it!  There is no guarantee that mistakes won't be made and you should not rely on Walmart Savings Catcher to catch every price match after the fact.

Weigh in:  Share in a comment below whether you plan to sign up for the Walmart Savings Catcher.  

Have a friend in a current test market?  Share this post with them so they can sign up and test drive the program to see if they save money by shopping at Walmart.

Disclosure:  This is not a paid post.  I am simply sharing a program I heard about with my readers. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

7-Eleven (7-11) freebies for their 83rd birthday: Celebrate with snacks all week!

Do you have a 7-Eleven store near you?  Grab your smart phone and download their app.  They are having several freebies coming up in the next few days, but you'll need the app to get them!  Here's a list of upcoming 7-Eleven freebies to celebrate their 83rd birthday in style.

Saturday, 7/12:  Free Big Gulp Soda

Sunday, 7/13:  Free M&M Birthday themed M&Ms

Monday, 7/14:  Free Grandma's Cookies

Tuesday, 7/15:  Free Hostess Twinkies

Wednesday, 7/16:  Free Twix or Snickers Ice Cream Bar

Thursday, 7/17:  Free Quaker Chewy Yogurt Snack Bar

Friday, 7/18:  Free Pillsbury Cookies

Saturday, 7/19:  Free Small Slurpee

Today, of course, was their free Slurpee Day.  I got mine, did you get yours?  Keep the freebies rolling by downloading their app!  Other than this slew of great snacks coming your way with the app, they periodically have special offers/freebies that are available only with the app.  So it's well worth the space on your smart phone.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Superpoints is back! {Referral link inside - you must sign up again even if you were a past member}

Points sites come and go, and sometimes they even come back.  Superpoints has relaunched and if you were a member before, you will need to sign up for Superpoints again. 

What's more, the Super Lucky Button is also back and you, too, can earn points by referring your friends and family to the site.

When you sign up, you'll need to complete your profile and choose a reward you're working toward.  I chose a glow ball.  But you can change that at any time.  It will just notify you that you've gotten enough points to redeem for the prize you selected as a goal.

Connect your account to Facebook under 'Start Earning Now' and get an easy 150 SP.  Answer surveys and watch videos for additional points. 

And of course, refer your friends and you'll earn points when they complete activities.  When you refer, just be sure to tell them to sign up at the site, click the confirmation link in their email, complete their profile, and click the Super Lucky Button at least once so you'll get credit for referring them to Superpoints.

Disclosure:  PinchingAbe receives points from SuperPoints for referring you and if you happen to get lucky on the Super Lucky Button. 

Busch Gardens/Water Country USA online promo code (Food Lion Busch Gardens code)

If you're looking to save some bucks off your Busch Gardens Virginia/Water Country USA tickets, here's the Food Lion Busch Gardens code you've been searching for (in poking around my blog to see what I've been missing, I noted several searches looking for this info.)


That code will get you $14 off your Busch Gardens Williamsburg or Water Country USA regular or child's admission (that's ages 3-9) on a single-day admission.  This offer is available online only.  The offer expires 7/13/2014, so hurry if you plan to use it.

If you happen to be near a Food Lion down in these here parts of Virginny, this code was found on a coupon that you can take with you to the park and save $7.  So buying tickets online doubles your savings, but if you're searching for this info on your phone and can't print, stopping in and looking for the coupon is better than saving nothing.

Why the hiatus? We listed our house for sale!

I know what you're thinking.

"Wow, I haven't seen a post from her in like... forever!"

Yep!  I just realized I haven't updated this blog in 3 months.  Pretty sad, eh?  You might have thought I dropped off the face of the Earth.  Nope. During that time, I was as busy as a beaver.

You see, we decided last winter that we *might* be able to sell our home and finally be able to move.  We invited a Realtor in, had him take a look, and counsel us on what we needed to do to ready our home for sale.  Do this, do that.  Declutter this, stage that.  You get the drift.

And that is why I don't want to see a paint brush for at least a year.  Or two. We freshened up paint all over the house, finished off the molding around the laminate that we had laid throughout, updated two bathrooms, re-screened a porch, painted and did minor repairs to another porch, and a host of things I'm sure I'm forgetting (aside from painting every interior door in the entire house).  No small feat since my husband traveled several times for work while I was trying to get projects done. 

There was a point where I considered that his boss was sending him away for work just to foil my well-laid plans for getting outta here since two of the trips overlapped two weekends, effectively stealing four solid weekends of him tackling some honey do list items.   Eventually, we ran out of to-do items and were able to list in June.

It was a lot of work in between piano lessons and cheerleading practice and games.  And now, it's a waiting game to see if we can get an offer at a price that is fair to both buyer and seller.  I hate waiting!

I'm hoping to have a bit more time to be posting deals in between keeping the house spotless for showings.

If you have any great home selling tips that worked for you, please post in the comments below.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Where Courage Calls (A When Calls the Heart novel) {book review}

Disclosure:  A copy of Where Courage Calls was provided to me at no cost to me, via Bethany House (Baker Publishing).  Though the book was provided at no cost for the purpose of facilitating this book review of Where Courage Calls, the opinions are 100% my own.  I was not compensated at all for posting this review, nor the mini-review I posted on the Barnes and Noble website.

As a huge fan of historical fiction, I appreciate a good, clean romance that focuses more on courtship than bodice-ripping lust (though I might occasionally find myself reading one of those, too.)  I saw previews of the new show on Hallmark, When Calls the Heart, and dutifully got all five books from the library.  Funny thing is... the TV show focuses on a different Elizabeth Thatcher than the one in the original When Calls the Heart series by Janette Oke. 

Don't fret, though!  It's a nice companion to the original book series.  I connected with this Elizabeth Thatcher just as well as to the other one.  Both are strong women from privileged backgrounds who venture west to teach.  A huge risk, especially 100 years ago when the story takes place.

Where Courage Calls finds Elizabeth falling in love with a mountie while teaching in a coal town that lost a good number of their men in a mining accident.  Though she was not there during the time of the accident, she nonetheless grieves with the women and children and helps them to find hope in the future, and hope for her own as well as she must decide to stay on in Coal Valley or go back home at the end of the school year.

Overall, I really liked the romance story presented.  There was a lot of character development of the townsfolk and the storyline flowed well and to a satisfactory conclusion.

Where Courage Calls is available now and is a rather nice companion to the TV show.  You won't see a lot of agreement in the storylines, but you can easily see Erin Krakow as Elizabeth Thatcher in the novel, making it feel like this book is just as exciting as a few episodes of the TV show.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Buy a Kindle via five monthly installments
New:  Amazon is now offering customers the option to purchase a Kindle e-reader on the installment plan, provided you have a credit card attached to your Amazon account.

Buy a Kindle in installments -- such as the Kindle Fire HD for 5 installments of $27.80 or the most basic Kindle e-reader for just $13.80 per month.

How it works:

Once you accept the offer (limit 1 device for the offer), you'll be billed in five installments.  The first one, due when you order, is 20% of the purchase price, plus applicable taxes and/or shipping charges.  The next installment will be billed to the credit card you used 30 days thereafter, and so on until four months after purchase (120 days) the final payment is billed to your credit card.

Be sure to read the full terms of service, available by clicking the hyperlink above.  I do note you can prepay the whole balance if you wish during the term, but it has to be the whole balance.  So you wouldn't be able to double up on payments and be done in two months instead of four.

What do you think?  Do you like the ability to pay for a Kindle by installments?

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Toaster Strudel SMPs: Free coupon for Heat 'n Go Mini pancakes inside!

Last week at Walmart I spotted some Toaster Strudel specially marked packages that have a free coupon for Heat 'n Go Mini Pancakes inside.  It's printed on the inside of the package, so you'll have to wait to finish the box before you can retrieve it.  My coupon is good through 9/15/2014 and is good up to $1.18. 

Toaster Strudel was $2 a box at my local Walmart.  I believe there are some Sunday paper coupons out now for .50/2 or .35/1, depending on your inserts.